Free online workshop demonstrates different types of Seniors groups linking arts and technology
We’ve selected examples of Knowledge and Learning communities as well as Membership communities to explore how to connect older adults with ongoing learning and social interaction based on the six different types of online communities discussed in this article. On the second day of the workshop we featured speakers from an indigenous grandmother circle, a university alumni group, and a creativity virtual programming group.
Research indicates that “Lonely people express a preference for using the Internet for social interaction and are more likely to use the Internet in a way that displaces time spent in offline social activities.” Nowland and others, suggest in this article that “lonely people may need support with their social internet use so that they employ it in a way that enhances existing friendships and/or to forge new ones.”
In the first Museum London Symposium, Kathy Smith and Victoria Stasiuk explored how programming activities for older adults should be based on the continuum of older adult health, from highly active and healthy to frail and failing. For the February 2022 Symposium, we emphasized how important it is to involve older adults in the planning and implementation of the content, process, and implementation.
This concept links up strongly with research on systems design and human-centered design when planning online and on-site visitor experiences. The peer learning sessions of the Museum Computer Network have also emphasized these concepts.
Find out more details on the February 2022 Symposium
“Throughout the pandemic, older adults have been isolated by lockdowns and social restrictions. Many have had minimal contact with family, friends, and social groups over the past 2 years.
I’m personally involved with this meaningful project to engage more older adults in our communities through cross-sector online networking and collaborations with arts, culture, health, and technology”
Executive Director, Creative Age Network
Highlights of February 2022 Museum London Older Adults Symposium
Robin Armistead, Manager of Cultural Services, City of London, Ontario, affirmed local commitment to cultural leadership, by outlining London’s recent announcement as Canada’s first UNESCO City of Music.
The Creative Age Network has provided copies of Dr. Kauffman’s slides here.
Sophie Hinch, Art Gallery of Windsor, repeat speaker from first symposium, continues great work with Older Adults by involving diverse artists, creativity, baking bread. Mindful Mondays – slow looking at visual art & guiding meditation. Taking Care: Where Art Meets Wellness is supported by the Solcz Family Foundation and by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
Jody Harbour & Grandmother Renee Thomas-Hill from Grandmother’s Voice speak about the importance of neighbours, the gift of thanks, & sacred peace. Miigwech for the blessings to building digital bridges of communities of understanding, reflecting & amplifying the wisdom of our elders.